Mr Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, has stated that he is under pressure to go into exile, despite denying referring to the 2023 elections as a religious conflict.
Obi was allegedly heard urging Bishop David Oyedepo, Founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, in an audio leak over the weekend to help him canvass Christian votes.
He also stated that the election was a religious battle and that he needed the assistance of a powerful man of God to get through to the South West and Kwara State.
However, in a sequence of tweets on Wednesday night, Obi denied the conversation and threatened to sue Peoples Gazette, the online platform that released the audio.
“The current attempts by the APC as a Party and the APC-led-government to divert our attention away from our blatantly stolen mandate are unfortunate and sad.”
“These have manifested in various ways, such as the malicious accusation of Mr. Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, the distribution of a fake doctored audio call, and pressure on me to leave the country.”
“Let me reiterate that the audio call that is being circulated is a forgery, and at no point during the campaign or now did I ever say, think, or even imply that the 2023 election is, or was, a religious war,” Obi said.
Speaking on the February 25 presidential election that he is contesting at the election tribunal, Obi said, “Before, during, and after the campaign, it is on record that I have maintained my commitment and focus on issue-based campaign about a New Nigeria that is possible, a shift of emphasis from consumption to production, a New Nigeria characterised by inclusion, justice, and equity.”
“I have repeatedly stated that no one should vote for me based on tribe or religion, but rather on character, competence, capacity, credibility, and compassion to create a New Nigeria!”
“The attempts to manipulate Nigerians are heartbreaking and evil.” Our legal team has been tasked with taking proper legal action against Peoples Gazette and others.
“While we call on all concerned Nigerians and the International Community to implore the APC and the APC-led-government to halt their heinous attacks, my focus and commitment to lawfully and peacefully reclaim our mandate to secure and unite our Nation, transition Nigeria from consumption to production, lift millions of Nigerians out of multidimensional poverty, particularly in the North, and jumpstart prosperity through agricultural, industrial, and technological revolution remain unchanged.”
“The elections have concluded, and we are in court to recover our stolen mandate.” Let me repeat that we are doing so in accordance with our legal system and constitution, and I continue to urge all Nigerians to remain peaceful and law-abiding.
“Those obsessed with stoking the polity, sowing divisions, tensions, and hatred both within and outside Nigeria should remember that Nigeria is our only country.” Our emphasis should be on how to handle the slew of issues confronting us, such as flawed electoral processes, the state of our economy, an unsustainable debt burden, deplorable unemployment and inflation, insecurity, and multi-dimensional poverty. “A New Nigeria is possible, and God will assist us,” Obi stated.
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